It was clear from the get-go things were gonna be seriously crazy at The Acheron’s very last show on Saturday night, what with another stellar lineup of metal bands to follow the previous night’s “last punk gig”– neither of which could have been cast better for the punk and metal venue’s farewell. For the last six years, the place had called East Williamsburg home, and while the body has died, the soul will live on as a “production company.”
B+B learned of the closing just weeks prior to the final blowout, but in the days leading up to the final weekend, co-owner Bill Dozer reached out to attendees on Facebook to say, “We are going to try to pack as many in as possible and not turn anyone away.” Phewwwwee was it ever gonna be a sweaty, beer-soaked ride to the center of a mosh pit.
When B+B spoke with Dozer about the closing, he said the reason was “just kind of boring,” and for once the landlords weren’t to blame. “There were some issues with our insurance company and we can no longer afford to do it,” he explained. “It’s like ‘the cost of doing business in New York City’ kind of thing.” The venue’s sister bar, Anchored Inn (co-owned by Dozer’s wife, Carmen Mello along with Adrienne Dowd) will continue on in the Acheron’s absence and remain the production company’s home base. “It will still be a place for all the punks to hang out,” Dozer assured us.
Photographer Nick McManus braved the madness on Saturday night with his Polaroid camera, and succeeded in capturing the venue’s final hours, which bled well into Sunday morning. In addition to Pox, Filth Hound, and Uniform, Dozer’s own band, Trenchgrinder, played– an underground death metal/crust outfit recently dubbed one of“Brooklyn’s fiercest metal bands.” According to McManus, the place was packed at 3am, when Magrudergrind, a Brooklyn grindcore crew by way of D.C., took the stage for the last set. The band recently reemerged from a six-year hiatus with a well-received album, II, and this happened to be their only U.S. stop scheduled for their tour thus far. “The partiers pictured stayed well past 5 am as they talked memories with Bill,” McManus told us.